Despite the bevy of manufacturers that will be MIA at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, those that have elected to participate promise to make it worth our while. Topping our list of the vehicles we’re anxious to see is the the newest murdered out creation from Lotus, the Exige Scura. Not surprisingly, the name “Scura” is a loose translation of the Italian word for “dark” and is intended to reflect the ominous exterior aesthetic.
Aside from the Phantom & matte black paint finish, the bulk of the Exige Scura’s consuming presence is courtesy of more carbon fiber than even we, fiber fanboys (erm, girls) that we are, even dared to imagine. Thanks to the staggering weight reduction achieved by the aforementioned material, the Scura’s specs are just as impressive as its eye candy and Lotus says the Exige Scura’s 260-horsepower turbocharged 1.8L 4-banger is capable of reaching 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Further proving it more than worthy of the track, both Lotus Launch Control and Lotus Traction Control are standard features, as are Ohlins 2 way adjustable dampers, Eibach Springs with variable height spring platforms, matte black lightweight forged wheels and Yokohama 048 LTS tires.
As you might have expected, the luxury of owning the newest Exige variant doesn’t come cheap and prices range anywhere from €40,000 to €61,820, depending on your location in the EU and if you’re a wealthy gearhead in the States expect to pay much more handsomely.